The US is home to people of many cultures, identities, and walks of life. Some of us are here because generations ago our great grandparents and great, great grandparents left their home countries and set sail to a new land filled with promise of hope and opportunity. Others emigrated more recently. And then there are those whose ancestry traces back to the first people to call the US their home.
Our 2018 collection embarks on a journey across America, exploring its kaleidoscope of cultures and celebrating the communities that make each region so unique. Honoring America’s first cultures, this season, we collaborated with indigenous artists all over the country to create original art that’s true to tribal tradition and designed to inspire curiosity.
Learn more about the inspiration behind our exclusive Native Artists x Tea Collection designs.
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture opened in 1931, with a mission to collect and preserve Southwest Native American material culture. On our visit, we were so inspired by the Pueblo pottery found in the collection that we felt passionate about bringing the patterns to life in our newest Tea designs. Antonio Chavarria—curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and resident of Santa Clara Pueblo—beautifully explains the importance pottery plays in the lives of Pueblo communities.
Born and raised in northeastern Oklahoma, Martha Berry is a renown Cherokee beadwork artist. Taught to use a needle and thread by her beloved grandmother, she made a career as a seamstress for a touring ice show at the age of 20. Years later, she turned her skill to the traditional beadwork of her Cherokee ancestors, leading the revival of this iconic Southeastern tribal art form. In 2013, she was designated a Cherokee National Living Treasure, and today she’s here to share her story with you.
One of the nation’s leading American Indian artists, Oklahoma-based Benjamin Harjo Jr. is an award-winning Absentee Shawnee-Seminole painter and printmaker best known for his highly stylized geometric forms and use of boldly saturated colors. His art evokes a vibrant, storytelling quality, with imagery that echoes traditional Seminole, Navajo, Plains Indian, and Northwest Coast designs. A very busy and talented artist, we were lucky enough to catch him for a brief Q&A. Here’s what we learned about his life and work.
An internationally recognized painter, sculptor and mixed-media artist, Santa Fe-based artist Gregory Lomayesva is a master of many mediums. Born of Hispanic and Hopi roots, his whimsical pieces have a wonderful folk art flare that weave together the colors, motifs, and stories reminiscent of his rich cultural heritage. We had the unique chance to chat with Gregory to get a behind-the-scenes peek at his world. Get the inside scoop below.
A passionate ceramist, sculptor and multimedia artist, Naples-based Seminole artist Jessica Osceola looks to her multicultural roots to meld traditional Native American themes and materials with contemporary art. Her work is infused with traditional tribal patterns and patchwork, which her grandma (a 19th-century Seminole leader, artist, and activist) taught her to sew when she was a small girl. Not only were we lucky enough to have her adapt one of these classic Seminole patterns into a bold and playful Tea print, we had the chance to chat with the artist herself and get a glimpse into her colorful world.
In 2002, Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon embarked on an adventure to bring to the world a different kind of children’s clothing—clothing that has meaning woven into its very fibers, that inspires curiosity and connection in even the littlest of wearers. Thus Tea was born, with three pima cotton baby sweaters. Since then, Tea has grown its collection to include hundreds of globally inspired styles for little citizens sizes 0-12. But boy, do they grow fast. As moms and dads, we know it, and you’ve said it. Like you, we want nothing more than her to keep growing with Tea… and now she can, all the way up to size 16! This year, we’re expanding our collection one step further, with exclusive new styles designed for your growing-up girl.